Audrey Young is the New Zealand Herald’s political editor.

Politicians welcomed on to Waitangi's Te Tii Marae

A bus load of ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats were welcomed on to Te Tii Marae at Waitangi early this morning. Photo / Jason Oxenham
A bus load of ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats were welcomed on to Te Tii Marae at Waitangi early this morning. Photo / Jason Oxenham

A group of politicians have been welcomed on to Waitangi's Te Tii Marae.

It included Act Party Leader David Seymour, and leader of the opportunities party Gareth Morgan.

Labour leader Andrew Little is due to appear soon with broadcaster Willie Jackson to confirm Jackson's list candidacy with Labour.

The politicians will spend some time in the marae and will later speak at a political forum on the grounds.

Earlier, a bus load of ambassadors, high commissioners and other diplomats were welcomed on to the marae.

The large police presence that was evident yesterday during the visit of Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy has disappeared for now.

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett is due in Waitangi later in the day to represent the Government at official events this evening and tomorrow but will not be calling into Te Tii Marae.

Roving Pacific ambassador Shane Jones with Cuba's ambassador Mario Alzugaray, who was welcomed on to Te Tii Marae today in the diplomats delegation. Photo/ Audrey Young
Roving Pacific ambassador Shane Jones with Cuba's ambassador Mario Alzugaray, who was welcomed on to Te Tii Marae today in the diplomats delegation. Photo/ Audrey Young
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Most party leaders will be speaking at a political forum after the powhiri.

Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan and Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira are having talks at Waitangi this morning about an electoral deal to advantage both parties this election.

-additional reporting from Newstalk ZB

- NZ Herald

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